So what is it like for a TV host to actually interview Donald Trump? CNN’s Chris Cuomo appeared Tuesday night with Seth Meyers, and talked about how to navigate some very rough terrain.
“Interviewing him is very difficult,” Cuomo said. “He is real smart, Mr. Trump, about how to use the media. I would say it approaches genius. People can like or not like what he says. But his ability to control interviews — through the use of the telephone; his ability to repeat points; to ignore questions; and understand what will trigger his supporters, is very, very effective, and you have to give him that.”
Seth also explained: “The other thing I feel like he does, is when you ask him a question he can run out of the clock — he can talk the whole time. And so it becomes incumbent upon you to interrupt him — which he can then frame as a certain rudeness on your part.”
Some other insights:
- On the pushback from Trump’s supporters: “What I try to do is, I try to figure out what I can ask him that will get the most people on social media to try to kill me on the way home, has been my strategy — or at least say that they want to kill me on the way home.”
- Cuomo looks at his Twitter feed during a Trump interview: “It’s in real time when it’s happening. Like if you have any noises on your phone, you’ll be like, ‘Oh boy, that one landed!'”
- “What you want to do is try to get a word in edgewise, and try to test him with a proposition where it doesn’t become argumentative. That’s not easy to do or so I’ve found.”
- Seth offered this one: “And also, if you test him and get him to say something — if it turns out that wasn’t what he wanted, he’ll just change it the next day.
- “He will threaten to sue you, also,” Cuomo said. “And in my case once, he threatened to sue the company — which you should always do, you always want to get as many big pockets as possible if you’re gonna sue somebody. Never waste money, go for all of them. And he then threatened to sue my parents — in parentheses, ‘(damning you back to the womb)’ — and that hurt, by the way.”
Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE